About Mari

During my twelve years in Sonoma County I worked in no less than eleven tasting rooms, which has to be a record. Between these jobs, I published HempWorld magazine and the Hemp Pages directory and spoke widely about the emerging hemp industry.

My articles on business, hemp and organic wine have appeared in such publications as Wine Enthusiast, WinePress NorthwestWines and Vines, Buyside, Cannabis Culture, E-The Environmental Magazine, New Age and Magical Blend, as well as the WestEnder, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Russian River Times, Northbay Bohemian and Pacific Sun newspapers.

My interest in fine wine was first sparked while working as a professional photographer in San Francisco, shooting cover stories for Wine Spectator magazine. In my last position in Sonoma County, I worked as the marketing director at Santa Rosa wine retailer, Bottle Barn.

I now reside in Vancouver, Canada where I write about the British Columbia wine industry.

I’ve blogged Tasting Room Confidential since 2007, and from 2009-10, I posted the first blogs for the Everything Wine stores.

I am a board member of the BC Travel Writers Association, whose Web site I maintain.

In 2011, I launched Blogsite Studio as a self-help blogging blog and internet marketing storefront to further my mission of WordPressing the world. I also coach WordPress Workshops to get people started in blogging.

When I’m not writing blogs or tasting wine, I’m often listening to jazz with my husband, Bill. During the Vancouver Jazz Festival, we have written about some of the concerts at our Jazzcouverites blog. Dig it.

Here are some of my articles, photos and videos

If you want to contact me about WordPress tutorials, blogging, copy writing, web optimization or photography, just shoot me an email.


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